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USAO Minerva Awards highlight student achievement

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April-17-2013
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A total of 13 seniors graduating with honors were recognized during the 2012-13 Minerva Awards held on April 9 at USAO. They are (from left, front row) Lindsey Cathey, Stacy Jones, Shane Hagan, April Lawrence, Sara Rowe (from left, back row), Seth Sturgeon, Kale Barnett, Travis Bates, Lisa Fruit, Tashina Ototivo and Maegan Womble. Not pictured are Samantha Lightfoot and Lawrence Spitzer. The Minerva Awards provides public recognition for outstanding students at USAO.

Students at the University of Science and Arts were honored for a variety of achievements during the seventh annual Minerva Awards Ceremony at the USAO Ballroom April 9.

Talley retires from USAO Media

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April-17-2013
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USAO President John Feaver (left) celebrates outgoing Director of Media and Community Relations Randy Talley (right) for his 27 years of service to the university. Talley retired this week.

 One of the most enthusiastic voices for USAO’s unique mission is retiring this month after 27 years in the business of telling the university’s story.

Randy Talley will step down as director of media and community relations on April 30. He has led the school’s public relations efforts and assisted in building a media department that serves all campus constituencies.

Summer reading program for kids begins June 4

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April-16-2013
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Dr. James Finck (right), assistant professor of American history, confers with Jordyn Yates (center), a senior elementary education major from Waxahachie, Texas about his daughter, Savannah’s (left) progress at the conclusion of last year’s summer reading program. Registration for the free summer reading program is now open. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Upper level education majors will tutor area elementary students in reading for eight weeks this summer at the University of Science and Arts. Students who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade are eligible for the free service.

USAO initiates 21 into freshman honor society

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April-16-2013
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A total of 21 first-year students were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta April 2 at the University of Science and Arts. ALD is a national scholastic honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students. Initiates included, front row, from left: Ashlee Brown, Christine Butler, Jennifer Cornett, Sarah Dreschler, Britni Ford, Sara Fugate, Shelby Hoover, Allison McGlothlin, Linda Savinova, Amanda Zink and Jennifer Stewart . Back row, from left: Conner Cheek, Jordan Danser, Johnathon Riel, Maïte’ Miller, Dao Thong Lim, Braxdan Turner, Lauren Rickman, Taylor Smith and Magdalene Tsonetokoy. Not pictured is Ryan Clougherty.

CHICKASHA -- Exceptional first year students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored April 2 as they were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta -- a national honor society for college freshmen.

Montmartre festival rained out but Spring Triad marches on

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April-10-2013
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Fielding only 16 participants, the scholastic team from Deer Creek High School was “the little team that could” as it scored the first place trophy at the 2013 USAO Scholastic Meet. The scholastic meet is one of several events held on the first Thursday in April as part of the university’s Spring Triad.

Three days of precipitation and standing water in the Oval led to the first ever “rained out” Montmartre Chalk Art Festival but the yearly scholastic meet and Droverstock music festival went on as planned.

Innovations 2013 awards young Oklahoma artists for excellence

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April-08-2013
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Alexis Brown’s “Owl-ways & Forever” won the Best in Show award in the Innovations 2013 art competition. The awards, which were given out March 18, featured work submitted from 13 different schools.

More than 90 students faced off recently at Innovations, an annual high school art competition held at the University of Science and Arts. Students from high schools around the state competed in the art competition held exclusively for high school juniors and seniors.

Quirky exhibit showcases graduating artists

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March-28-2013
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The Quirks exhibit features artwork from graduating seniors Sarah Job (left), Megan Check (center), Kari Kuzinar (right), Jordan Kistler and Taylor Preston as well as recent graduates, Wendy Chambers and Lucia Martinez. An artists’ reception for the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on April 6 in the Nesbitt Gallery at USAO.

Every artist has experiences and ways of looking at the world that makes his or her contribution a little bit different. These differences are celebrated in a show titled Quirks that highlights the work of five graduating artists and two recent graduates at the University of Science and Arts.

An artists’ reception for the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on April 6 in the Nesbitt Gallery. The show will be available for public viewing from April 1 through the 19th.

Chamber choir performs under celebrated conductor

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March-27-2013
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The USAO Chamber Choir enjoys a moment of fun after its recent performance with the Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association’s Collegiate Honor Choir. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Sarah Willoughby, Tory Chinn, Oscar Hernandez, Mallorie Kimbrough, Amanda Whitchard, Robert Perou, (back row, left to right) Brett Embry, Jordan Danser, Tyler Heilaman, Cynthia Cunningham, Blake Trammel and Tasha Youngblood.

The USAO Chamber Choir joined elite vocalists from all over the state to work with a master conductor earlier this month.

Twelve initiated into USAO education honor society

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March-26-2013
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Recent Kappa Delta Pi initiates take a moment to celebrate their achievement. They are (front row, from left) Ashlee Cox, Melanie Hiatt, Amanda Russell (back row from left) Jacob Alexander, Regina Baker, Crystal Carroll, Kylie Clark, Aubrey Dorman, Alexandria Neighbors, Jin Nguyen, April Self and Rachel Sharpe. Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education.

Twelve students at the University of Science and Arts were initiated into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.

Vasquez presents mathematics research

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March-14-2013
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USAO Math, Technology and Science Club sponsors and members attend the Texas Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium last month. Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Quan Tran, Preston Vasquez, Dao Thong Lim, Dustin Grider and Dr. J.C. Sanders. Vasquez presented a paper on easing the transition from algebra to geometry to open the conference.

Hoping to ease the transition from algebra to geometry for high school students, an undergraduate mathematician from the University of Science and Arts delivered a presentation on his research at a conference in Texas last month.

Preston Vasquez, a senior mathematics major from Bridge Creek, opened the 8th Annual Texas Oklahoma Regional Undergraduate Symposium (TORUS) by presenting a paper titled Motion Without Movement.


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